Monday, September 20, 2021

No laughing matter – Perlis issues fatwa against ‘improper jokes’

No laughing matter – Perlis issues fatwa against ‘improper jokes’

Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin says jokes are allowed in Islam, but not at the expense of the religion. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Perlis has introduced a new fatwa banning jokes – those that make fun of Islam or “can lead to immorality, sin and wickedness”.

In an edict released by mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin today, the state fatwa committee said jokes are allowed in Islam, but not at the expense of the religion and bringing harm to others.

Besides making jokes related to Islam or its practice, the committee also banned jokes that disparage or demean others unfairly, and also outlawed ones that are fictitious that could possibly lead to harm.

The fatwa also decreed that one should not make jokes that could inflict harm on others physically and emotionally, including causing damage to property or disturbing the peace of a person or the community.

The use of improper language and behaviour that is considered unfair to local customs is also outlawed.

In explaining what could be considered a joke, the state fatwa committee said it includes pranks, caricatures, parodies, satire, comedy and others.

“Jokes are acceptable but fall back to the original rule where such jokes are allowed unless it goes against the syariat (Islamic law).

“If it is intended to bring good, such as to foster close relations, educational in nature and has good intentions, then it can bring pahala (rewards),” a statement by the committee said.

It also advised the community to practice moderation, balance and appropriateness in the context of religion when it comes to jokes.


  1. Improper Joke tak boleh, improper poem boleh…?

    Mufti: Poem not intended to insult Hindus in the country
    Sunday, 23 Apr 2017

    PETALING JAYA: Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said the controversial Friday poem on “cow worshippers” that was posted on his Facebook page was not intended to insult local Hindus.

    “People have asked why the poem mentioned the term ‘cow worshipping’.

    “The answer is because the poem was referring to (Narendra) Modi’s government that allows Muslims to be cruelly killed daily just because they eat beef,” he said in his latest posting yesterday.

    He said there were plenty of vi­­deos and articles online depicting the violence propagated by these groups in India merely because they worship the cow and consider it sacred.

    “They are willing to kill their fellow human beings just because of an animal that is consumed widely around the world,” he wrote.

    Dr Asri, popularly known as Dr Maza, said Hindus in this country should not feel offended as they do not worship cows.

    “I believe there are many educa­ted people in this country who do not worship cows or consider it sacred, especially to the extent of killing another human being because of it,” he said.

    The prominent religious scholar added that those with common sense would reject such beliefs, just as they would reject the labelling of certain castes in India as “pariah”.

    He said the term “pariah” and the caste system did not exist here because Malaysians believed in equality for all.

    “This matter has nothing to do with the people here, who could not possibly believe in such nonsense,” he added.

    Dr Asri’s poem, which was written in Malay, drew strong reactions from the public after it appeared to insult the Hindu community.

    The poem was believed to be in response to the criticism of controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted in India for allegedly inspiring terrorist activities through his preaching.

    Dr Zakir’s Islamic Research Foun­dation has also been declared an unlawful organisation by the Indian government.

    On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minis­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that Dr Zakir had been granted permanent resident status in Malaysia some five years ago (by Jibby….my quote ha ha ha).

  2. wakakaka too many useless jokers up north but its ok they can stop you from making lousy jokes but they can't stop you from watching really humorous religious jokes on the Internet like utube etc, what a laugh

  3. This fatwa is itself a joke, right?